Our Events Team.

Passionate and dedicated to ensuring every detail is seamless, our Event team works together to make sure your event is top notch!

Mercedes George, our wedding specialist, will make planning your special day fun and memorable. Our uber professional Sales Manager, Laili Abolghasemi, will ensure your event is the one everyone is talking about, and Lisa Warden, our celebrations expert will help organize a party to match the milestone and make it the best one ever! Our classically trained chefs, lead by our Executive Catering Chef, Chad Rittenhouse, and intuitive service team will focus on making your event one-of-a-kind.

Whether you are hosting a patio wedding overlooking the Bow River and Downtown Calgary, or an intimate dinner in your home, our team will work with you every step of the way to create a personalized and stress-free event that your guests will never forget.



laili abolghasemi – events sales manager {corporate} 

Level headed with a dash of not-too-serious, describes Laili's outgoing approach to meeting new clients and building lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. Laili's professional demeanor, her thirst to go the extra mile for every client, and her meticulous eye for detail will win you over every time. She cares about making each event special and strives to deliver on client expectations. Gaining years of experience in the corporate landscape in Sales, also working as an entrepreneur, her most valuable experience comes from Wood's Homes, where she planned charitable events of large magnitude. She has proven herself to be an uber pro and she will make sure your next event raises the bar for all events to come. Ask Laili how much she loves food and she'll take the opportunity to introduce your to our incredible chef team, tour you throughout the historical Simmons building, show you our beautiful space, and give you the insider scoop on the best things to order from the charbar menu. You are in good hands with Laili.

Contact Laili: laili.abolghasemi@charbar.ca




mercedes george – events manager {weddings}

Perfection is Mercedes middle name. With 10 years experience working in the hospitality industry, Mercedes has a high expectation of service standards she sets for our service team, so that each of your guests will feel special and enjoy a true charbar experience in the beautiful Simmons space. With her steady approach, she leads by example, and you will often find Mercedes alongside our service staff, ensuring the flow of your event is timely and seamless. You and your guests will be very well taken care of when Mercedes is on the floor, as she takes pride in, not only meeting expectations, but works hard to exceed your expectations. She is a firecracker of energy, and really loves finding solutions to event obstacles, creating intricate floor plans and connecting you with the right people to make your event the very best. If you are planning a wedding, you are in the right hands. Mercedes' expertise lies in the details, so if you are planning a wedding, she will be right by your side. Need vendors? Mercedes will introduce you to our great vendor partners. Have a tight budget? Mercedes will help you maximize your options, make menu suggestions to help you have a stress-free, blissful, beautiful wedding day!

Contact Mercedes: mercedes.george@charbar.ca



daniella zemlak – events catering manager {celebrations}

Daniella is full of glow with a warm and charming welcoming presence. She has a history in catering working with Farm to Fork and Saltlik Restaurant, allowing her to lead her team with confidence to ensure your event experience is exactly as you want it to be. She is not satisfied unless every guest leaves feeling our char-hospitality. Daniella loves to throw a good party, which makes her the perfect planner to assist you in all your celebrations. Daniella is also working towards obtaining her level 3 WSET and can make excellent wine selections to pair with your menu. It goes without saying, she has strength and leadership, and rounds out our team with her sensibility and determination.

Contact Lisa: daniella.zemlak@charbar.ca



chad rittenhouse – executive chef events & catering

Unabashedly focused, he maintains a calm approach to the chaos we call a kitchen, making Chad a strong leader and a mentor to all who are lucky to work along side him. Chad gives the term 'service with a smile' a whole new meaning dishing his quick wit and humour, while still remaining a pillar of determination and insight. He started his culinary career 5 years ago as a mentee – being mentored under Chef Connie and Chef John at CHARCUT Roast House – working his way up the kitchen ladder to Executive Catering Chef. It is this experience that influenced his leadership style shaping him to be the mentor that his is, leading by example. His natural curiosity for food, flavour, and local ingredients keep him creating new bites and dishes to please every palate. Catering for 1000, no big deal. Chad loves a challenge and steps up to the plate every time. He will make your event extra special by working with you to create custom menus to match your expectations and your budget. If you ever want to know how to smoke the perfect brisket, ask Chad; his specialty is BBQ and he loves to share his knowledge.